Two Idiots' Guide To Beer

We like beer, not big words.

Stone IPA (Stone Brewing Company)

Welcome back! It’s been a while, but we haven’t been sitting on our butts! If fact, we are getting ready for a very special post, but that is for another time. Oh yes, it will come. For today, we have decided to bring you a style we haven’t visited yet. If you haven’t noticed already (but we are sure you have) the two of us tend to have very similar tastes in beer. Yes, we do like many of the same things. But that doesn’t mean we always like the same thing.  And us agreeing all the time makes for boring posts, doesn’t it? So today, let’s show you one of the top styles we completely disagree on:

The devil on the front tells you they aren't playing around.

The devil on the front tells you they aren’t playing around.

Stone IPA

(Stone Brewing Company)

6.9 % Alc/vol

Ahh, the India Pale Ale. The subject of many beer “discussions” between us. Don’t let the name fool you, it isn’t from India. In fact, it originated in 19th century England and was shipped primarily to India via the good ol’ East India Company traders. And thus it got it’s name. There are few variants of the IPA now, but for today, we’ll just stick with the original. For funsies, before you read ahead, take a moment to guess who you think liked it! (We have talked about it before, so no cheating!)

Mmm, that's some good head.

Does this look like a temptation to you?

Jen: This is a classic IPA. It has a strong hop smell, and there is lots of bitterness to it. There is a spiciness to it you can’t ignore, as well. Not hot spicy, flavor spicy. It is warm on your tongue, and goes down kicking. I don’t like it. In fact, I never have met an IPA I liked, and this has every reason why. The abundance of spicy hops makes it taste like pine trees smell. This beer is nothing but liquid hops to me. I feel like a lumberjack ate a moose, then peed in my mouth. The bitterness makes me feel like I ate raw acorns. I’m not a fan.

Yum, as bitter as Jen while she wrote her opinion.

Yum, as bitter as Jen while she wrote her opinion.

James: I was already a fan of Stone Brewing Company before I tried this. They are one of the first craft breweries I went out of my way to drink after I started drinking beer. If you are curious about IPAs, I suggest starting with this one. It is the sum total of a good IPA. Dry like ginger ale, bitter like a grapefruit’s aftertaste, and very strong in flavor. This is a beer that will explain in no uncertain terms what hops are. I like it. A lot.

That's some good head.

That’s some good head.

So, did you guess right? It probably wasn’t too difficult to figure out. IPAs are very popular right now among beer drinkers, so if you were curious, we suggest you try it out for yourself. We have met many people who have similar opinions to both of ours, so we can’t really say which one of us is the best judge here. Life is all about experiences, so don’t let us frighten you off if you want to try it! Swing on by your local beer store and see what they have in stock. If we don’t meet again before, have a great holiday, whatever it is you celebrate! There is a beer for every occasion! Tulleeho!

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